After the Fowlers' training course is constructed at Halfwind Citadel, the Fowlers go through a number of exercises on it, always failing to make it through Helmer's formidable gauntlet. During one such exercise, the group nearly succeeds, only to fail due to Heyward making an awkward landing while attempting to join the group in a charge. As a result of this, Helmer deems Heyward unfit to continue service in the Fowlers and dismisses him from the unit. Heather Longtreader, the unit's medic, reproves Helmer for his public humiliation of Heyward before taking off after the buck.
Some time later, Picket Longtreader finds Perkinson out on the course early; the pair are later ordered to bring fellow Fowler Jo Shanks and new recruit Coleden Blackstar to the course. When the group is on the course, the Attack on Halfwind Citadel begins, and the four young bucks and Helmer were forced to take shelter.
After the attack is repulsed with help from the Terralains, the Fowlers return to training despite Helmer being confined to the hospital with injuries. Jo, who arrives late to a training session, receives the established penalty of having to set up the course's obstacles for the day.
Later, the Fowlers meet in the Mess Hall following the Attack on Halfwind Citadel to discuss the status of their messengers to other citadels. Picket Longtreader announces his intention to leave on his own, only for Kylen, Valter, and Tameth Seer to enter looking for him.
The hospital is where sick rabbits are taken care of in Halfwind Citadel. Heather Longtreader and Emma are asked to treat Helmer's wounds while he was in the hospital, but Heyna Blackstar was also there. Both does had long and hard days of work. When they got to Jo Shanks, they sort of argued about themselves. Then, after Heather gave Emma's prescribed tonic to the Willow twins, Heather noticed that Jone Wissel was in the hospital. After she turned around, a soldier accidentally tripped on her.
Leapers Hall is a location inside Halfwind Citadel. It has an arched entrance and ornate stonework. Votaries gather here and lead all of the gatherings that take place in the Hall.
The walls are made of a mixture of rock and clay with great iron gates on the side leading out to Westfield. Beyond the gates are a series of heavy doors hidden from sight on the outside by clever means. The floor is laid with stones and the wooden stage is high. The center of the stage was raised even higher and it is made of a large grey stone. In front of this central stone, extending out into the hall, is Halfwind's replica of the Seven Standing Stones. The standing stones are often surrounded with votaries.
Fowlers' training course
The Fowlers' training course is a special area of Halfwind Citadel set aside as an exercise area for the Fowlers unit. It was designed and built by Helmer and Heyward, and consists of obstacles both on the ground and in several trees.
The Mess Hall serves as the food preparation and dining area for Halfwind Citadel.
Westfield is a large field encompassed by Halfwind Citadel, which serves as a training and marshalling ground for the troops of that citadel.
The Bleston tree, chosen as an informal memorial to the arrival of the Terralain army at Halfwind, presumably lies within or on the boundaries of Westfield.
- Lord Ramnor's ready room
The construction of Halfwind Citadel is very similar to a warren, and is surrounded by a tangle of thorns. Dirt walls give way to stone arches, and rugged accommodations lay not far from the ornate stonework of Leaper's Hall. It lies in close proximity to Cloud Mountain.